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Fear Today, Gone Tomorrow

A Penny for My Thoughts: "Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in our lives." ~ Zachary Quinto


"Let's bug-out now," calls a DOOMSDAY PREPPER to his family of six. This group heads toward an RV at a jog. Dressed in camouflage fatigues, they carry a variety of guns and have ammunition belts around their waists.The father clicks his stopwatch as they enter the vehicle..., "Three minutes, twenty-four. Not bad."

All varieties of warfare, cosmic catastrophes and failed governments find a surprising number of people preparing for worst case scenarios. Defined as, "the day of the last judgement at the end of the world," the noun 'doomsday' is foreboding. Stockpiling all sundries imaginable, mastering various types of weaponry, and living each day in readiness, these folks are terribly serious about a possible future crisis on our planet.   

A group of preppers recently congregated in New York City. Forty folks, members of the New York City Preppers Network., displayed a wide variety of items to have at the ready, just in case. A vegetarian had a stash of homemade dehydrated lentils. One man had a condom designed to serve as an emergency canteen; another had a rat trap... to catch and eat rats. After showing some gear from his own bag - a parachute cord,  a bivy sack,  a two-week supply of Meals Ready to Eat, Mr. Charles, a New York City firefighter, explained to the the group that he had just bought a dog. “So now I have to implement his plan, too,” he said worriedly. With a pause he added, “That’s weird, right?
                                                                

                                       Some Survivalists
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1) Bruce Beach, 78, lives in Ontario. He has several underground school buses, equipped with just about everything one could need for survival.
2) Yang Zongfu 32 of China - has 3-ton yellow steel balls, 13 feet in diameter. Inside, one can withstand "a volcano, a tsunami, an earthquake or a nuclear meltdown." he claims.
3) Robert Blast, 46 of Australia has spent $350,000 collecting food, water, gas cookers, generators, and a truck that will transport his family to their 'safe house,' which is 1,500 feet above sea level.
4) Lu Zhenghai  of China is building a 'Noah's Ark.' This massive ship has cost $160,000 to date and it is unclear as to the type and number of animals he plans to take with him.
5) Patrick Geryl's wooden bunker sits on his South African land and is said to withstand "all dangers."
6) Kathy Harrison lives in New England with her small family. Instead of stockpiling the usual fare, they harbor honey bees. Kathy states,"In a grid down situation those bees become not just food for us, but they become money that we can barter for."


"What scares me? Oh now that's a big question. I don't know what scares me - cockroaches, nuclear apocalypse. Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in our lives. "
~ Zachary Quinto

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petperson February 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I think they are all a bunch of NUTS. All that money spent on FEAR.
Vicki Flint February 26, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Kathy defined doomsday as "the day of the last judgement at the end of the world". Jesus said only the Father knows when this will happen. It's a shame the "preppers" don't believe this. If they did, they would realize that inevitably doomsday will arrive and there is nothing they can do to escape its consequences. The way to prepare for it is by living good, decent lives now---being kind to all creatures and loving one's neighbors. If they focused on this, their lives would be less anxiety-ridden, for they truly would be ready for judgement day.
petperson February 27, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Boy Kathleen your other blog on the pope sure did take off like a rocket blast! I think it's great that folk are talking in general, but a few of them seem pretty angry. The judgement day is right vicki. God won't let us down.
Kathleen Gemmell February 27, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Petperson, Yes, the 'Pope' piece is getting responses, and I agree that it is wonderful that people are communicating!
petperson February 28, 2013 at 04:09 PM
These people just don't get it. Like I said they're crazy. If they lived through a terrible war lets say, how do they think there supplies will last for a while. Soon they'd run out and then what? Doomsday i think.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 05:23 PM
petperson, Some may say that your belief in God is the same as these prepper's beliefs in preparing for what they consider to be the worst. What if they said you and those who think like you are "NUTS"?
petperson February 28, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Donald. I don't mean really nuts, that is just a saying. I'd rather be helped by God then the prepper people. Im sorry if I said something wrong.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 06:48 PM
petperson, I endorse free speech. You said nothing wrong. I simply wanted to illustrate that your verbiage, when used against you, didn't sound too polite, did it? Preppers have their thing. You have yours. *shrugs* Unless you're trying to kill one another and putting innocents in danger, no worries. Free Speech, petperson. It is indeed a double-edged sword.
sock puppet February 28, 2013 at 09:34 PM
What no one has pointed out is the complete lack of any purpose to this article. What's the point of it? There's no narrative. You've blasted some random facts at us without giving us any sort of introduction or conclusion. A quote from a mediocre actor doesn't cut it. If I were your teacher, you'd get a C at best. If I were your editor, I'd be very embarrassed.
Margaret Callahan March 01, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Sock puppet, a nice conversation was taking place. this is a great and timely topic. Kathy is not claiming to be the expert or write a journalistic piece. This is a blog. After all the storms recently, many people are reconsidering the "prepping" concept.

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